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Shurmur says McCoy might practice Wednesday, start Sunday

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Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur indicated that if quarterback Colt McCoy is able to participate in practice on Wednesday, he might be able to take the field next Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

McCoy, who has not played or practiced since suffering a concussion in a Week 14 loss to the Steelers, participated in workouts and joined team meetings on Monday, the coach told the paper.


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When asked if McCoy would be medically cleared to participate in practice, Shurmur told the paper that "he will," but added that he would "talk more about that on Wednesday."

McCoy would face Steelers linebacker James Harrison, whose Week 14 hit caused the quarterback's concussion. Harrison was suspended for one game for the tackle, after which the league changed its protocols for managing concussions. The Browns have been criticized for how they handled McCoy's injury, including by Harrison.

McCoy's backup, Seneca Wallace, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he hopes McCoy plays Sunday if he can. Wallace took the blame for a major play-calling gaffe on Saturday that saw the Browns fail to score from within five yards of the end zone in a loss to the Ravens.

McCoy, playing in his second season, has faced questions recently about his ability to be the Browns' starting quarterback.

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